Equipment & Uniform


All students must have the following equipment each day: a black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, planner (provided), a bag, sports kit (on days when it is required) and a scientific calculator (these can be purchased in school).

Personal Property

Money and valuables should never be left in school-bags or coat pockets. Items may be handed to the school office or to a teacher for safe-keeping. Items of personal property and clothing should be clearly named. The school does not accept responsibility for lost items but we will gladly help with problems, provided sensible precautions have been taken.

All items found are handed into one of the school offices


Branded wDCHS uniform items now available online from Emblematic Ltd or Border Embroideries

A flyer for Emblematic's Morpeth Store can be viewed here.

Footwear that doesn’t comply with our uniform policy

No canvas/suede or other non-leather look uppers

No air bubbles

No other colours visible

No training type shoes

No boots

Footwear that does comply with our uniform policy

All leather or leather look uppers

All black

Physical Education Kit/Equipment Expectations and Procedures

The aim of the P.E. Department Kit expectations is to ensure consistent and safe participation in Physical Education for all students in all lessons. Appropriate clothing is essential for safe participation in physical education and The Duchess’s Community High School P.E. kit is students’ uniform for their physical education lessons.

Failure to comply with this will result in the student being removed from the lesson (by way of Duty Support) in line with school and department behaviour policy.

If a student has an injury/illness or any other reason why they are not able to take part physically in lessons they must provide a note from their Parent/Guardian to explain the reasons behind their non-participation. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO STILL BRING APPROPRIATE P.E. KIT AND FOOTWEAR EVEN IF THEY HAVE A NOTE EXCUSING THEM FROM TAKING PART PHYSICALLY IN LESSONS. Students will be expected to take part in lessons in some form (referee, coach, umpire, helping with equipment, etc.) and as such should be suitably dressed in P.E. kit to do so. Being in full kit will enable students to fully partake in the activity when they return to full health, it prevents their school uniform from getting damaged in inclement weather and in cases of illness, it prevents conditions from worsening as students still have their dry uniform to get changed into if it is raining during the lesson. Where an injury or illness prevents students from being able to get changed easily, P.E. staff will use their discretion to allow that student to stay in their school uniform and contribute to lessons in an appropriate manner. In line with department policy outlined above ‘excused’ students who do not bring appropriate kit will be expected to borrow some from the P.E. stock and face sanctions outlined above should they not comply.

P.E Kit

The latest information regarding P.E. Kit is available via their sub-site here along with information on Extra Curricular activities, learning and expectations.

Students are expected to arrive at EVERY P.E. lesson with the correct P.E. kit.

Appropriate Footwear 

Footwear needs to be fit for purpose and appropriate for the lesson location and surface.

Football boots (studded or bladed) are strongly recommended for activities that are carried out on the playing field during the winter months (football, rugby, cross country).

Trainers and indoor footwear should be in good condition and suitable for the activity being undertaken.

For dance and gymnastics, students will be expected to be barefoot when performing – exceptions to this are the wearing of ballet shoes/ dance shoes which are suitable for gymnastics. Tights are not to be worn when trampolining.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The P.E. Department strongly advises that students should wear appropriate PPE where necessary.

These include:  Football – shin pads  Rugby, hockey – mouth/gum guard (fitted)

These can be purchased from all good sports retailers. These are not compulsory, however advised.

Jewellery & Personal Effects

Jewellery, watches (including “Fitbit” type devices) and bracelets/wristbands are not allowed to be worn in P.E. lessons and must be removed for all lessons. 

Long hair should be tied back at all times – hair ties/bobbles should be provided by those students involved.

Chewing gum is NOT PERMITTED anywhere in the P.E. Department or school.


Should students require the use of an inhaler they must have it with them for EVERY P.E. lesson and either pass it to their teacher before taking part in physical activity, or keep the inhaler in a safe and easily accessible place.